Ball State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction
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Breaking Down the Ball State Cardinals Win Total
2020 College Football Season
Ball State: O/U 5.5 Wins -- Title Odds: NA
The Ball State Cardinals will be hoping to move up the MAC West standings. Ball State finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (5-7), while going (4-4) in MAC play. The offense averaged 34.8 points per game,which ranked 18th at the FBS level. The defense allowed an average of 31.4 points per game. The program is under the direction of Mike Neu.
The offense is led by quarterback Drew Plitt. As a junior Plitt passed for 2,918 yards, 24 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He will be back for his senior season. Running back Caleb Huntley rushed for 1,275 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. Wideout Justin Hall reeled in 684 yards and 6 touchdowns. Hall will be looked at as one of the leaders on this offense entering his senior season. Ball State will have to overcome the loss of offensive lineman Danny Pinter. Pinter was drafted during the recent NFL draft.
As a team the defense registered just 15 sacks, but did have 15 interceptions. The defense was led in tackles by Jacob White. However, White was a senior last season. Linebacker Jordan Williams led the team with 4.5 sacks as a sophomore. Amechi Uzodinma II paced the secondary with 12 pass break ups and 5 interceptions as a sophomore.
Let us take a look at the Ball State schedule for the 2020 season.
Sept. 3 Maine
Sept. 12 at Michigan
Sept. 19 at Indiana
Sept. 26 Wyoming
Oct. 3 Western Michigan
Oct. 10 at Buffalo
Oct. 17 Northern Illinois
Oct. 24 Akron
Oct. 31 at Miami University
Nov. 10 Eastern Michigan
Nov. 18 at Central Michigan
Oct. 24 at Toledo
The Cardinals open the season with their non-conference slate of games. These games feature a season opener against Maine. Ball State will also travel to two Big Ten members, Michigan and Indiana. Ball State plays host to Wyoming as their final non-conference game, during week 4.
The projected win total is set at 5.5 wins. The Ball State program has plenty of talent returning, especially on the offensive side. Ball State should be 2-2 once conference play starts on October 3rd. The Cardinals face Northern Illinois, Akron, and Eastern Michigan at home. All three teams either had a losing record or had a losing MAC record. With the amount of playmakers Ball State has returning, I like for the Cardinals to win these three games at home. Ball State also has a very winnable game at Toledo. Toledo will be transitioning quarterbacks this season, which could lead to their offense stalling at times. I look for Drew Plitt and Caleb Huntley to lead the charge and help the Cardinals make a bowl game. I’m taking the over on 5.5 wins.